What Can I Do About My Toothache?
Find out why you are experiencing dental pain and what can be done about it.
As anyone who has ever experienced a toothache will tell you, there is no pain quite like it. It can make it difficult to chew, speak or even just go about your day. It may even be bad enough that it wakes you up in the middle of the night. From the office of our Yorkville, IL dentists Dr. Manpreet Singh and Dr. Paul Singh, learn more about the common causes of tooth pain and how they are treated.
If you are experiencing a toothache then it’s time to visit your Yorkville, IL general dentist ASAP. Tooth pain is usually a warning of a cavity or infection, which won’t go away on its own and will require immediate care. Of course, in the meantime you can try some of these at-home options for temporarily easing your discomfort until you come into our office.
Rinse with Saltwater
One of the easiest and best ways to eliminate your tooth pain is to rinse your mouth out with saltwater. For one 8-ounce glass of water, you will want to add about ½ teaspoon of table salt. Once you are done rinsing make sure to spit the water out rather than swallowing it (yuck!). You can opt to do a saltwater rinse multiple times a day, as needed.
Cold Compress or Ice Pack
If you are noticing facial swelling on the same side as your tooth pain you may be able to reduce some of your pain and inflammation by placing an ice pack or cold compress on your cheek. Facial swelling is more common in dental issues such as a loose or chipped tooth, as well as an abscessed tooth. Remember to never apply ice directly to your face. Always wrap the ice in a towel prior to placing on your skin.
While over-the-counter painkillers won’t always be able to tackle more severe pain, it can provide the short-term relief you’ve been looking for before you come into our office. Ibuprofen is a great OTC treatment, as it can reduce both pain and swelling.
Products such as Orajel are creams that are applied to the sore tooth or gums to help numb it. Once numb it may be tempting to just keep using this product, but you really shouldn’t put off seeing your Yorkville, IL restorative dentist. The longer you wait to seek treatment the worse off your tooth will be (trust us!).
Don’t let a toothache take over your life. Turn to the dental professional at York Towne Dental in Yorkville, IL. Call us today to schedule your next visit.